A Foreign Policy of Holding Innocent People Hostage

“Show of force” type practices by people calling themselves “government” toward other people calling themselves “government” that necessarily threaten innocent third parties is a form of hostage holding.

When American people calling themselves “government” threatened to drop atomic bombs on Japan for the actions of Japanese people calling themselves “government,” they held innocent third party Japanese people hostage. This action differed only in scale and not in kind to a local bad guy holding an innocent person hostage. The bombs were eventually dropped, too, if you remember.

“If you do what we don’t like, we’ll kill innocent people in our misguided attempt to stop you” is what “show of force” type practices amount to.

Didn’t that happen in Waco, Texas, which ultimately had some people murdering many other innocent third parties? Where’s the outrage, the criminal charges, the lifetime sentences to prison and/or executions for such a horrific act?

Why have we been hoodwinked to accept murder and mayhem by those calling themselves “government” instead of viewing these acts as the evil that they are?

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Founder and editor of Everything-Voluntary.com and UnschoolingDads.com, Skyler is a husband and unschooling father of three beautiful children. His writings include the column series “One Voluntaryist’s Perspective” and “One Improved Unit,” and blog series “Two Cents“. Skyler also wrote the books No Hitting! and Toward a Free Society, and edited the books Everything Voluntary and Unschooling Dads. You can hear Skyler chatting away on his podcasts, Everything Voluntary and Thinking & Doing.

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H. Rearden
H. Rearden
4 years ago

I don’t disagree with what you wrote but I want to point out something that perhaps you may not be aware of. That is that during the late 19th century and the 20th century prior to 1945 the empire of Japan invaded and murdered and conquered people in other lands for no other reason that economic conquest. Japanese soldiers invaded Nanking in China and raped and murdered hundreds of women in Nanking. I don’t doubt that the empire of Japan could have been defeated without atomic weapons and that the the use of non-nuclear weapons used against the empire of… Read more »

H. Rearden
H. Rearden
4 years ago

After the empire of Japan surrendered to the Allies the US government and military paid restitution by rebuilding the empire of Japan’s infrastructure and economy. I don’t know if you were aware of that. Have you heard of the so called law of unintended consequences? The blood thirsty empire of Japan that throughout the late 19th and 20th century prior to 1945 invaded and conquered lands for no other reason that economic and political domination of people in the end suffered I’m sure unintended consequences of their bloodthirsty murderous actions. The mistake that lead to the downfall of the bloodthirsty… Read more »

H. Rearden
H. Rearden
4 years ago

The empire of Japan wasn’t doing the right ting by forcing the people of Japan to pay it’s army and navy to start wars and rape and murder people in other countries. Again I will mention the fact that the soldiers of the empire of Japan raped and murdered the women of Nanking. Are you unwilling to condemn the empire of Japan for the war crimes it’s soldiers committed during the late 19th century and 20th century prior to 1945? Are you unwilling to condemn the Japanese soldiers themselves who were guilty of war crimes? I’m not just referring to… Read more »